I am Linda and along with my husband Richard and our dog Muffin we enjoy our summers on the UK's canal system

Monday 17 October 2011

Sunday 16th October

Back in September I mentioned about seeing a small motor cruiser that had seven bags of insulation tied to its bow well we saw it again this morning! I am now more than ever convinced that it must be for buoyancy! We had a little bit of drizzle which wasn’t forecast but it soon stopped. We went through Cowley Tunnel – the only tunnel on the Shroppie though at only 81 yards one can hardly call it a tunnel! Even more cuttings today - Chamberlain’s Covert and Rye Hill cutting, plus a few smaller ones that aren’t named. There was another former Cadbury milk depot at Lord Talbot’s Wharf at High Onn. We passed a former World War II aerodrome which was opened in 1941 and became one of the RAF’s largest training units – it is now a pig farm! There were two wartime dramas – one being an American Thunderbolt which crash landed in the canal and the other when a narrowboat carrying an uncovered load of shiny aluminium on a moonlit night was attack by a German aircraft which dropped a bomb that exploded less than a hundred yards from the lock! We pulled over at Wheaton Aston at lunchtime and once again didn’t move on. I could get quite used to these lazy afternoons :-)

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